Synopsis (Goodreads): About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust--and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
Poison Study is the first book in Maria V. Snyder's Study Series and hot damn, did I enjoy this book!
I was instantly sold on the jacket's description and the book lived up to every word. Let's put it this way, my employers are lucky I showed up to work because I was this close to feigning illness just so I could stay, curled in bed, with the main characters, Yelena and Valek.
Uh...let's pretend that didn't sound dirty, shall we?
Snyder brought a really interesting story to life with this novel. The fast paced adventure made it easy to immerse myself in the militaristic, almost-totalitarian dynamics of Ixia, which you can't help but compare to today's society.
Let's not forget about Yelena, who proves to be an intelligent, strong, and very much ass-kicking heroine as the novel progresses. Also, I may not want to admit this, but I still drool over the very sexy Valek, whom I'm convinced is a trained ninja!
Poison Study is a fascinating and memorable read. It's a very special book and can't recommend it enough!
** The next book in the trilogy is Magic Study.